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Ramadan - Season laced with fear and sadness

Ramadan - Season laced with fear and sadness | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
During the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayers and reflection, empathy for those who are less fortunate will be lived out in homes where parents lost their sons and daughters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square protests, and for children who lost their fathers at Libya’s frontlines. Others will be praying for loved ones held in prisons in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen and for those gone missing during government crackdown on dissent, their unknown fate a question which haunts their families.
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Maryam Al-Khawaja - Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

May 2011 لقراءة الترجمة العربية CC اضغط على ايقونة Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja frames her remarks with the stories of individuals who ha...
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Shia crackdowns in Middle East - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Shia crackdowns in Middle East - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two Shia figures in Kuwait and Bahrain are stripped of their citizenships as Shia crackdowns spike in the region.
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Thousands more join Tahrir sit-in after disappointing Egypt PM speech - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Thousands more join Tahrir sit-in after disappointing Egypt PM speech - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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"Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s speech given Saturday night failed to stasify protestors, even stirring greater anger. “Sharaf’s speech did not say anything new and shows that no demands will be met,” said Heba, an independent sit-in participant.
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“His speech sounded like one of these tricks of the old government. He did not even give a timeline for his promise of suspending police officers accused [of killing protesters]. It is unacceptable that police officers accused of murder are still left on duty."
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EA WorldView - Home - Open Letter to the Arab Spring: 10 Ways to Avoid US Mistakes (Cole)

Your peoples have demonstrated enormous courage and idealism in challenging a whole series of seedy police states throughout the Middle East. In two instances, Tunisia and Egypt, you have managed to overthrow dictators who had ruled through fear, intimidation and massive theft of public resources for decades. In Yemen, you are keeping pressure on the regime of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh, rejecting the attempt of his son to succeed him or of his relatives and cronies to retain control of the state and the economy. In Libya, you have fought off vicious bombardments of civilian populations in Ajdabiya, Misrata and the Western Mountain towns, and have a good chance of moving to parliamentary rule once the Qaddafi mafia flees. In Syria, you have stood up to tanks, snipers and secret police mass arrests, keeping the pressure on week after week despite vicious repression that has left an estimated 1400 dead. In Bahrain, despite the crushing of your street protests, you have continued to mount demonstrations, to speak out, and to seek negotiations with the hard line monarchy. In Morocco you have impelled the king to give up some prerogatives in favor of the majority party in parliament, such that a small step toward popular sovereignty has been taken.
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Gandhi as a Model for the Arab Spring

Gandhi as a Model for the Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gandhi proffered a new way to fight. "We will fight against their anger--not provoke it," Gandhi says in the movie. Non-violent non-cooperation is indeed fighting. As in all fighting, there is pain. Only rather than inflicting physical pain, Gandhi took others' anger and though his pain the others would feel pain. "Through our pain, they will see their injustice. This will call them pain." It prompts them to as questions about themselves--uncomfortable questions with even more unpleasant answers. This new way of fighting is not in the interest of governments. If their opponents do not turn to violence, governments such as the Egyptian will be inclined to actually tempt the non-violent protesters to violence because it is a government's currency. Ironically, governments are on firmer ground when their opponents turn violent because government is fundamentally a means of legitimately ordering societal violence. In dealing with non-violent civil disobedience, governments are not in control; rather, the protesters are acting at their choosing to provoke a reaction that will make the injustice transparent to all. This locus of control gives the non-violent the upper hand. Rather than joining government on its axis, non-violent civil disobedience fights not to punish for weaknesses that we all possess, but to change minds and hearts. It is thus active rather than passive.
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Middle East Arab News | Palestine Israel Breaking news | Jordan Times Amman-based daily Newspaper

Middle East Arab News | Palestine Israel Breaking news | Jordan Times Amman-based daily Newspaper | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Middle East daily news,palestine israel breaking news , arab news, local opinion blogs, JordanTimes newspaper Amman-based...
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IMEMC News - International Middle East Media Center

IMEMC News - International Middle East Media Center | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
International Middle East Media Center The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people.
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Arab Revolt | الثورة العربية | - When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right | Victor Hugo

Arab Revolt | الثورة العربية | - When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right | Victor Hugo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Psychosis of the Arab revolution - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Psychosis of the Arab revolution - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Peaceful protesters of the Arab Spring have evolved past oppressive dictators whose actions reveal mental impairment.
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Palestine - Mays Shalash - Ham Bladak

Palestinian Nasheed-Singer: Mays Shalash...| The sufferings of Palestinian children! - GRAPHIC!
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مذيع امريكي يسخر من مكرمات الملك عبدالله

Fearful Saudi rulers try to buy-off their citizenry! Please don't revolt, Here's 34 Billion$........500Billion$ in Saudi annual revenues and the people get 34Billion$, looks like the Royal Family is Skimming the Till !..........Saud = greed!
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Malaysia braces for pro-democracy street protests in Kuala Lumpur | World news | The Guardian

Malaysia braces for pro-democracy street protests in Kuala Lumpur | World news | The Guardian | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tensions mount as hundreds of thousands of activists expected in capital for Arab spring-style rally against 'dirty politics'...
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Arab Spring Gives Way to Summer of Protest in Balkans - The Stinkin' Genius - The Stinkin' Genius

Arab Spring Gives Way to Summer of Protest in Balkans - The Stinkin' Genius - The Stinkin' Genius | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On Friday, July 1, Pristina, the capital of the Kosovo Republic, saw some 1,000 Albanian Muslims praying in the main, downtown open-air square, while demanding space for a new and large mosque. The demonstration was the second such event in two weeks.
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Role of U.S. Cables in Helping Stir Arab Spring

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Role of U.S. Cables in Helping Stir Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, WikiLeaks released a the largest trove of classified U.S. State Department cables in history, exposing the U.S. role in propping up unpopular regimes in the Middle East and supporting human rights abuses against opponents.
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